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Pre-U Seminar 2013 is a 4-day residential programme to be held at a local university from 3 to 6 June 2013. Bringing together students from 29 different post-secondary educational institutions, the event aims to raise participants’ awareness of challenges and opportunities facing Singapore, their role in Singapore’s future, and to propose solutions to the challenges.

Pre-U Seminar 2013 is proudly co-organised by Nanyang Junior College and the Ministry of Education.

UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS

28 MAY
Latest instructions for participants can be found under the Participants tab.

17 MAY
Please note that there are some changes to the check-in schedule. Please download the latest schedule here. All institutions are reminded to register punctually on 3 June

14 MAY

  • For more information on the use of access card, amenities at the residential halls and stalls at foodcourt, you may download the following document.
 
A hardcopy of the following information will also be provided when you check-in at UTown Residence on 3 June.

6 APRIL

Briefing on 6th April

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About Pre-U Sem 2013

OBJECTIVES

The Seminar aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • To raise participants’ awareness of challenges and opportunities facing Singapore, and their role in Singapore’s future;
  • To allow participants to gain new perspectives through engaging with political, industry and community leaders as well as other participants;
  • To enable participants to propose solutions to challenges faced by Singapore;
  • To provide participants with the opportunity to exercise teamwork and resourcefulness, and to build camaraderie across institutions.


THEME

In his 2012 National Day Rally Speech, PM Lee Hsien Loong invited Singaporeans to ponder the next chapter of the Singapore Story. Outlining emerging trends that will significantly impact Singapore, PM Lee highlighted that Singapore will face a distinctly different landscape in the future. PM Lee also stressed that Singapore’s future was not predetermined but for Singaporeans to collectively decide and work towards. In order to do so, Singaporeans must have hope and confidence in the future, a place in their hearts for all others in our society, and a stake in building a home that fulfils the dreams of every Singaporean. Fellow Singaporeans were invited to join in a national conversation (Our SG conversation) to envision this shared future and how our society can work together to achieve it.

In light of PM Lee’s vision for Singapore, the proposed theme for Pre-University Seminar 2013 is ‘Singapore 2030: Our Future, Our Home’. The proposed theme invites participants to deliberate the opportunities and challenges presented by our rapidly changing world, what these changes mean for Singapore, and how Singapore should best position herself to succeed in this new landscape. Seminar participants, as future leaders of our society, will articulate their vision for Singapore in twenty years’ time, and propose how to achieve it. The proposed refreshed Seminar format will enable all participants to be actively involved in this process through discussions, debates and an examination of diverse perspectives that aim to develop in them a strong sense of ownership in Singapore’s future and their own roles in crafting that future.

SUB-THEMES

The theme will be divided into three sub-themes:

1. Hope of a Better Future

Singapore must always offer hope of a better future in which each generation of Singaporeans will live better than their predecessors. This entails an economy that creates opportunities for all, a society that nurtures all to their fullest potential, and a forward-looking people. Participants will examine how the nation’s collective hopes and aspirations build on Singaporeans’ individual quests for self-improvement and how social mobility is created through societal initiatives.

2. Bigger Heart

As Singaporean society advances and evolves, it is essential that all segments of society progress and share in the benefits of growth. The qualities of forbearance and generosity are crucial for the development of an inclusive society in which all segments, including the less fortunate and non-Singaporeans, can progress together. Participants will explore how Singaporeans can develop a heart for all segments of society.

3. Home for All

As Singaporeans we should feel we belong to Singapore, have a sense of loyalty to the country and take pride in our achievements. Participants will examine how future trends will impact the relevance of existing conditions and policies that ensure Singapore remains the best home for all Singaporeans.


PRE-U SEMINAR PROGRAMME 2013

Day 1 (Monday, 3 June 2013)

● Registration and Check-In
● Opening Ceremony (Guest of Honour – Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Law)
● Special Activity – Envisioning Singapore 2030
● Rehearsal for Panel Discussion Presentations

Day 2 (Tuesday, 4 June 2013)

● Panel Discussions
● Team Building Activities
● Preparation for Capstone Project Presentation and Project Exhibition
● Special Activity Editorial Meeting

Day 3 (Wednesday, 5 June 2013)

● Capstone Project – Presentation of synthesized action plans
● Voting for best synthesized action plan for each sub-theme
● Team Building Activities
● Preparation for Project Exhibition


Day 4 (Thursday, 6 June 2013)

● Check-Out
● Final Preparation for Project Exhibition
● Closing Ceremony (Guest of Honour – Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education)

Participants

TIMELINE FOR STUDENT PARTICIPANTS (Key dates and schedule of submission)

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Please note that there are some changes to the check-in schedule. Please download the latest schedule here. All institutions are reminded to register punctually on 3 June
 
USING UTOWN FACILITIES
  • For more information on the use of access card, amenities at the residential halls and stalls at foodcourt, you may download the following document.
 
A hardcopy of the following information will also be provided when you check-in at UTown Residence on 3 June.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARTICIPANTS

1. Changes to Check-in schedule & drop-off point

There have been changes to the check-in schedule. Institutions are to check in 15min earlier (see attached schedule)

Please also note the change in drop-off point. The drop-off point will be at the bus stop of Tembusu College (28 College Avenue East). Please see the attached drop off map for the details.

2. Lunch 

There will be no lunch provided for participants on 3 June and most schools will not arrive at UTown early enough to have a proper meal, so participants must have a good lunch before checking in. The next time participants get some food will be during the tea reception of the Opening Ceremony at 4.30pm.

3. Dress code for students

Participants must be dressed in full uniform/blazer attire with appropriate formal shoes when they arrive for check-in. As there may not be enough time for them to change, they must be in attire that will allow them to just put on their blazer for the Opening Ceremony.

The attire for the other days of the Seminar are as follows:

- Day 2 (4 June): Pre-U Sem T-shirt + school pants/skirt/formal pants or skirt (Polytechnic students)

- Day 3 (5 June): Institution T-shirt + appropriate bottom for games

- Day 4 (6 June): full uniform with blazer

4. Laptops and Thumbdrive

As there will still be a lot of research and design work done during the Seminar, participants (not only Multimedia Managers) are highly encouraged to bring their laptops. Multimedia Managers must also bring a thumbdrive or hard disk to store and transfer their projects.

5. Closing Ceremony

Please note that the time stated for check-out is for participants’ information only. This is the time that they will check out from the rooms before proceeding to NUS’ Multi-Purpose Hall to prepare for the Closing Ceremony. The official end to the Seminar will be after the Closing Ceremony at 7pm.

Capstone Project

The Capstone Project involves the synthesis of various pieces of research and student proposals into a meaningful and coherent whole, culminating in an exhibition at the Closing Ceremony of the Seminar. The key features are as follows:

a. Each 20-member Capstone Project team will consists of 5 to 8 participants from 3 or 4 different institutions. This will enable student presenters to encounter different perspectives and develop new means and avenues of collaboration and cooperation.

b. In the build-up to the Seminar, project teams will begin to work on their presentations, largely through online collaboration and one or two face-to-face meetings when necessary.

Each Capstone Project team is required to:

a. Examine specific issues pertaining to each sub-theme from one of the following perspectives: governance and policy-making, community and the private sector; and

b. Recommend a realistic set of proposals addressing these challenges.

On the second day of the Seminar, the three Project teams working on the same issue will discuss and prepare a unified action plan. On the third day, participants will vote for the best action plan among the three presented for each sub-theme. 

Download the project tasks here.

Teacher Advisors

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF TEACHER ADVISORS

1. POINT OF CONTACT

Teacher advisors act as the point of contact between Nanyang JC and their institution.

2. MANAGING ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

Teacher advisors will divide administrative work amongst themselves and manage submissions within the given deadlines.

3. SELECTING PARTICIPANTS

Teacher advisors are to select the required number of participants from their institution. They are to screen applicants and ensure that the selected participants are suitable representatives of their institution. Participant details are to be emailed to Nanyang JC by 13 March 2013.

4. OBTAINING PARENTAL CONSENT

Teacher advisors are responsible for seeking consent from the parents/guardians of the selected students before registering them as Seminar participants.

5. ASSIGNING ROLES TO PARTICIPANTS

Teacher advisors are to assign the roles to participants based on the latter’s individual strengths. As IP schools are sending in smaller teams, participants from these schools can be assigned more than one role.

6. BEFORE THE SEMINAR

a) Briefing

Teacher advisors are to accompany all participants from their institution to the Pre-­Seminar Training held at Nanyang JC on Saturday, the 6th of April 2013.

b) Supervision of Research

Teacher advisors are responsible for mentoring research progress and providing necessary advice and guidance to ensure that the participants are ready for their Capstone Project.

Teacher advisors are to guide their school teams in preparing a summary of their research findings using the Guiding Questions for their assigned issue (1 page for each perspective). Participants must bring the summaries for the Pre­-Seminar Training on the 6th of April.

Teacher advisors are to supervise the progress of their school teams and ensure that participants are ready to hand in a synopsis of their Capstone Project proposal to NYJC teacher facilitators in May.

c) Supervision of Participants’ Behaviour

Teacher advisors are to ensure that all participants from their institution understand the protocol and decorum expected of them during the Seminar and conduct themselves accordingly. This includes the Presentations, Panel Discussions and other Seminar activities.

7. DURING THE SEMINAR

Teacher advisors are to accompany all participants from their institution for registration and check­ing on the 3rd of June 2013.

Teacher advisors are welcome to attend the Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony and Panel Discussions.

Participating Institutions
PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS

Seminar participants shall be drawn from 29 institutions, namely:

Anderson Junior College
Anglo-Chinese Junior College
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
Catholic Junior College
Dunman High School
Hwa Chong Institution
Innova Junior College
Jurong Junior College
Meridian Junior College
Millenia Institute
Nanyang Junior College
Nanyang Polytechnic
National Junior College
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
Pioneer Junior College
Raffles Institution
Republic Polytechnic
River Valley High School
School of the Arts
St. Andrew’s Junior College
St. Joseph’s Institution
Serangoon Junior College
Singapore Polytechnic
Tampines Junior College
Temasek Junior College
Temasek Polytechnic
Victoria Junior College
Yishun Junior College

Contact List

General Enquiries preusem2013@gmail.com

Ms Chee Yeung Wai, chee_yeung_wai@moe.edu.sg (Vice­ Principal)

Mrs Cynthia Tan, tan_hui_hung_cynthia@moe.edu.sg (HOD English)

Mr Tan Shin Eik, tan_shin_eik@moe.edu.sg

Ms Peh Hui Peng, peh_hui_peng@moe.edu.sg

Mdm Robyn Wong, wong_su_cheng_robyn@moe.edu.sg

Capstone Project & Special Activity

Ng Meng Yeow Joshua, ng_meng_yeow_joshua@moe.edu.sg (Special Activity IC)

Belinda Loh Mei Lin, belinda_loh_mei_lin@moe.edu.sg (Special Activity IC)